Ringo Starr, Member of the British Empire, assembled a powerful new All-Star team for his Eighth All Starr Band. Ringo's Eighth All Starr Band appeared on stage at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, New York, on Saturday, July 26, 2003.

     The 2003 All Starr Band welcomed Squeeze keyboardist Paul Carrack, Men At Work guitarist Colin Hay, Babys bassist John Waite, and percussionist Sheila E., formerly with Prince & the Revolution, returned for her second stint as a member of the All Starr Band. Saxophonist Mark Rivera was on board for his fifth tour of duty as Band Leader.

     Of course, the All Starr Band main attraction on drums needed no introduction. Colin Hay greeted the Buffalo suburb audience, and Shelia E. counted out the beat to launch "It Don't Come Easy" as Ringo Starr bounded out to cheers and appluase.

     Starr sang "Memphis In Your Mind", a cool `50s country-flavored track off his new disc Ringo Rama. Carrack sang his ballad "How Long". Hay sang a tender version of "Beautiful World" solo on his acoustic guitar.

     Starr left the stage as the All Starr Band performed "Here Comes The Sun" unplugged as a tribute to the late George Harrison. Hay and Rivera sported acoustic guitars with the artists rotating on lead vocals. Carrack, Waite, and Hay all sang a verse for this moving musical melody in memory of George.

     Starr returned to the stage and stated, "Let's hear it for the All Starrs!", and proceeded to introduce the band members. Starr sang his own tribute he co-wrote and recorded for George on his new studio album, "Never Without You". The stripped down arrangement was simply awesome.

Darien Center setlist: It Don't Come Easy - Ringo * Honey Don't - Ringo * Memphis In Your Mind - Ringo * How Long - Paul * Down Under - Colin * Isn't It Time - John * A Love Bizarre - Sheila * Boys - Ringo * Overkill - Colin * Act Naturally - Ringo * You're Sixteen - Ringo * Yellow Submarine - Ringo * Love Will Keep Us Alive - Paul * Beautiful World - Colin * Here Comes The Sun - All Starr Band - Never Without You - Ringo * Don't Pass Me By - Ringo * The No No Song - Ringo * Tempted - Paul * When I See You Smile - John * The Glamorous Life - Sheila * I Wanna Be Your Man - Ringo * The Living Years - Paul * Missing You - John * Who Can it Be Now - Colin * Photograph - Ringo * Don't Go Where The Road Don't Go - Ringo * With A Little Help From My Friends - Ringo

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Returning with an All Starr cast of musicians
Another All Starr Band Tour for Ringo Starr

by Timothy Tilghman